Even if you can’t be there in person, a shared spiritual preparation creates the foundations upon which Yearly Meeting in session can build.
Yearly Meeting 2015 is the first of a new three-year arc on the theme ‘living out our faith in the world’. One of the focuses this year is housing as a particular example of a tested concern in the areas of inequality and injustice. Challenged by the structural injustice we see all around us, can we draw inspiration from the work of Friends a century ago, recorded in Quaker faith & practice 23.16? How might we express now our spiritual insights that give rise to our testimony, impelling us to action in the world?
Questions for consideration in your meeting on the theme of living our faith in the world:
How can we open ourselves fully to the pain of the world without despairing or turning away? Might allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to each other transform pain into compassion and kindle a passion to heal?
How can meetings be places where individuals are both supported and challenged as they wrestle with the complex issues that face us?
How are we committed to our Quaker values? How can we witness for a better social order? How can the testimonies of individuals bring more peace and economic justice?
What can we do to help bring about justice and equality in the society in which we live?
All suggested reading is available at www.quaker.org.uk/ym.
Quaker faith & practice 20.17, 20.18, 23.04, 23.06, 23.12, 23.16, 23.17, 23.18, 23.21.
Swarthmore Lecture 2014: Open for transformation: Being Quaker by Ben Pink Dandelion.
Jan Arriens’ prepared ministry, Yearly Meeting Gathering 2014.
Britain Yearly Meeting Statement on economic inequality in Britain, May 2014.
A LINK TO THE FULL TEXT [you can save as a PDF or print easily]
SEE: www.quaker.org.uk/ym for wide range of information and further links